Manufacturing organizations often have to rely on hundreds or thousands of suppliers to deliver the right materials on time to minimize inventory and ensure continuous improvement to operations, quality and the bottom line. However, these organizations often have extremely limited control and visibility when dealing with their suppliers.
Increasingly, regulatory bodies are putting more responsibility on corporations to address supplier quality with regard to the requirements laid out in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), various ISO standards, and other government and industry regulations. This means corporations must have a clearer picture of what is going on in the supply chain to address supplier quality issues before they lead to adverse events.
Supplier quality software enables greater transparency and accountability across the supply chain. Supplier non-conformances can be reported and investigated in a timely manner, suppliers are held more accountable through process steps sign-offs and tracking, and workflows can be reported in real-time on a centralized dashboard for additional operational transparency.
Supplier quality management software can also help companies across various industries reduce operational costs and improve on inefficiencies that increase risk and lengthen the time it takes to evaluate supplier quality. Organizations can eliminate manual, siloed systems that create redundant evaluation systems and processes. Supplier quality tracking can help to reduce the risk of lost or incomplete data that can affect quality processes like corrective and preventative actions (CAPAs).